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Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards 2022 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2022 Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards, which celebrate excellence in writing across the Northern Territory, have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:


  • Cusp (Mary Anne Butler, Currency Press)
  • The Curlew’s Eye (Karen Manton, A&U)
  • Return to Dust (Dani Powell, UWAP)


  • Peace Crimes: Pine Gap, national security and dissent (Kieran Finnane, UQP)
  • Into the Loneliness: The unholy alliance of Ernestine Hill and Daisy Bates (Eleanor Hogan, NewSouth)
  • Nomad Girl (Kanakiya Myra Ah Chee, Aboriginal Studies Press)

Children’s and young adult

  • Storm Warning (Lauren Boyle, illus by Alyssa Mason, ILF)
  • The River (Sally Morgan, illus by Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr, Magabala)
  • Tjanimaku Tjukurpa: How one young man came good (NPY Women’s Council Uti Kulintaku Watiku [Men’s] Group, illus by Jan Bauer, NPY Women’s Council).

Each category winner will receive $10,000 in prize money, with all shortlisted entries awarded $1000.

‘In addition to the strong voices in both English and First Nations languages, the subjects were broad and tackled a number of substantial topics with great insight,’ said this year’s judges Marie Munkara, Leonie Norrington and Leni Shilton, who added that creating a shortlist from such a high standard of works was a difficult task.

Presented biennially, the Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards ‘shine a light on the talent, originality, and flair of writers in the NT and shares this with interstate readers’.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, 22 June as part of this year’s NT Writers Festival. For more information, see the NT Writers Centre website.


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